High-intensity lasers: The dawn of relativistic nonlinear optics

Donald Umstadter, Szu Yuan Chen, Anatoly Maksimchuk

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Abstract

With the invention of ultra-high-peak-power lasers, it is now possible to create a sufficient photon density to study Thomson scattering in the relativistic regime. With increasing light intensity, electrons quiver during the scattering process with increasing velocity, approaching the speed of light when the laser intensity approaches 1018 W/cm2. This was demonstrated using a laser system that produces 400-fs-duration laser pulses at 1.053-μm wavelength with a maximum peak power of 4 TW.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages93
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS '99) - Baltimore, MD, USA
Duration: May 23 1999May 28 1999

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1999 Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS '99)
CityBaltimore, MD, USA
Period5/23/995/28/99

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Umstadter, D., Chen, S. Y., & Maksimchuk, A. (1999). High-intensity lasers: The dawn of relativistic nonlinear optics. 93. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1999 Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS '99), Baltimore, MD, USA, .